Northeast Energy News

New Pennsylvania law creates more revenue options for utilities

NOTE TO READERS: Northeast Energy News will be taking a break next week for Independence Day. We will resume publishing on Thursday, July 5.

UTILITIES:
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signs legislation that allows utilities to propose new rate design approaches, such as decoupling, which separates utility revenues from electricity sales. (Energy News Network)
• Avangrid announces a $2.5 billion plan to help customers manage their energy consumption and bolster the grid’s ability to withstand storms throughout its territories in Maine, Connecticut and New York. (Mainebiz)

PIPELINES:
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry says Northeast lawmakers will face a “real reckoning” for trying to block natural gas pipelines. (Washington Examiner)
• Pipeline developers say the U.S. should adopt laws that prioritize infrastructure in order to help natural gas reach areas like New England. (Reuters)
• Five nonprofits in central Pennsylvania apply for nearly $2.9 million in Sunoco pipeline penalty grants, which come from a $12.6 million fine paid by the company in February. (Lebanon Daily News)

POLLUTION: A new report finding elevated levels of air pollution in Massachusetts shows that lawmakers must act to reduce emissions and pass clean energy legislation, say local environmental activists. (State House News Service)

EFFICIENCY:
• Philadelphia becomes one of the first cities on the East Coast to implement the 2018 International Building Code, which includes energy efficiency standards. (WHYY)
• How a Philadelphia pub is benefitting from a pilot program that helps small businesses save on utility bills. (Philadelphia Business Journal)

RENEWABLES:
• GTAT Corp. opens a plant in southern New Hampshire to produce silicon carbide, which is used in electric vehicles and solar systems. (Solar Industry)
• Organizations and programs in Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts win awards for advancing renewable energy. (Windpower Engineering & Development)

POWER PLANTS: Over 40 New York lawmakers sign letters opposing the conversion of a former Albany incinerator to run on natural gas. (Albany Times Union)

FUEL CELLS: As part of a pilot project, a gas utility will provide electricity to 100 homes in the Pittsburgh area using fuel cells powered by natural gas. (NEXT Pittsburgh)

POLITICS: New Hampshire Democratic gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly criticizes Gov. Chris Sununu for vetoing two energy bills, saying he’s “doing the bidding of Eversource,” which contributed to his campaign. (NH Labor News)

COMMENTARY: An editorial in the New Hampshire Union Leader criticizes Gov. Chris Sununu’s decision to extend a subsidy for a biomass plant in the northeastern part of the state, saying it will increase costs for ratepayers.

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